CLEVELAND — As Baker Mayfield jogged to the locker room after suffering an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Cleveland Browns' 31-21 Week 2 win over the Houston Texans, you could practically hear the air being let out of FirstEnergy Stadium.
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According to the Browns quarterback, however, there was never a question whether he'd be missing a single snap.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Mayfield provided an update on the injury, which ultimately didn't result in him missing a single play. According to the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, his left shoulder briefly popped out as he attempted to tackle Texans safety Justin Reid, who he believes intentionally lowered his head to in an attempt to target the Cleveland quarterback.
"Obviously not an ideal situation. Trying to force [Reid] back inside. I think he realized it was me standing right there so he put his head down and ran right after me," Mayfield said of Reid, who intercepted his second-quarter throw to rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz. "It kind of popped in and out but I'm good. Nothing too serious."
Mayfield returned to finish the game but acknowledged that he felt pretty sore doing so. Meanwhile, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski admitted to taking a more conservative approach upon Mayfield's return in an attempt to reduce the number of hits his starting quarterback might take.
Still, that didn't stop Mayfield from throwing a block on a reverse -- which he said he did with just his right shoulder -- or even running for a five-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter to give Cleveland a 21-14 lead. All things considered, it doesn't appear Mayfield will be missing any time moving forward -- at least not for an injury to the left side of his body.
“It’s my left," Mayfield said with a smile. "God gave me two.”